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Baccalaureate is a long-standing tradition at many colleges and universities, dating back to the Medieval practice of awarding degrees only after a candidate had presented a sermon in the university chapel. At the time, all university students were also members of religious orders, or were training for the priesthood. Out of that tradition grew the practice of celebrating the achievements of graduates in a service of worship, including speeches, sermons, readings and music appropriate to the occasion.  

Baccalaureate is an annual service in the Chapel where we celebrate the graduating class, and give thanks to God for all the gifts we have received during our time at Ohio Northern. This year’s baccalaureate service will take place on Saturday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the English Chapel. Graduating students, along with parents, family members, faculty and staff are all invited to attend this service, which is an important part of our commencement weekend traditions.

If you have questions regarding baccalaureate, please contact us at:, or stop by the chaplain's office, which is located in the English Chapel.